About Us

The Change Of Art Team

Change of Art Team Carla Almeida, Maria Shury-Smith, Sarah Sigal, Susanna Fiore, Mayou Trikerioti, and Hannah Tookey at the 2017 Festival. Photo by Daniel Batkin Smith.

We are a group of theatre practitioners and artists, who came together through shared activism and an affiliation with Hope Not Hate. In 2017, we created a public event to honour the late MP Jo Cox and share our love for this brilliant, multi-cultural city in the best way we know how – through the performing arts. Our first Change Of Art festival was a chance for both artists and public who would not usually meet, to get together over food, drink and live performance and the theme of ‘More In Common.’

Looking to the future, we hope to make the Change of Art Festival a nation-wide celebration of performance and community. We envision an bi-annual flagship event in London, alongside regional satellite events. These will be organised by local artists, in partnership with our London team. We are developing an alternative to the classic arts outreach programme by going directly into communities. We are pioneering a new approach using door-to-door canvassing to ask people how they feel about the arts and what they would like to see in their community – and on stage.

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The Change of Art team are:

Susanna Fiore
Susanna grew up in a mining town in the Black Country. She trained at LAMDA and as an actress has performed everywhere from the west end to a disused abattoir. Some of the places she’s most enjoyed performing are: The National Theatre, Soho Theatre, The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Riverside Studios, The Other Palace, The Arcola & Southwark Playhouse. She also works in TV & voiceover, her favourite TV role to date being notorious serial killer Elizabeth Bathory in Martina Cole’s Ladykillers for ITV. She is a co-founder of critically acclaimed theatre company The Ruby Dolls, with whom she regularly performs, writes, composes and produces. They have made 6 full-length productions to date, peppered with their trademark close part harmony, and have performed all over the country. http://www.therubydolls.com/ When not performing/writing/producing she teaches Pilates, rehabs injuries & takes care of her little daughter. She co-founded Change of Art in 2017 and looks after the press and PR.

Tom Mansfield
Tom is Artistic Director of Upstart Theatre. His productions as director include Phone Home, Silent Planet, The Situation Room and The Falling Sickness (alongside James Blakey), Oh Well Never Mind Bye and Water Sculptures. Producing work for Upstart includes Marco, The Last Ones, The Identity Project and The Maddening Rain. Tom is one of the programmers of the annual DARE Festival. Tom is a visiting practitioner at the University of Birmingham and the University of Cumbria, a Connections Director for the National Theatre and an Artistic Associate of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. He has previously worked as Youth Theatre Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and as Resident Assistant Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Sarah Sigal
Originally from Chicago, Sarah Sigal is a writer, director, dramaturg and researcher working in new writing, devised work, site-specific performance and interactive theatre. She has a BA in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Gettysburg College, an MA in Writing for Performance and a PhD in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London. Writing credits include: Agent of Influence (Underbelly, 2016 & National Tour) World Enough and Time (Park Theatre, 2014), The Odyssey (The Albany, 2012), Alice’s Adventures in the New World (Old Red Lion, 2010 & National Tour) and Dogfight (Arcola, 2006, Edinburgh Festival, 2007). Directing credits include: MARGO (Edinburgh Festival, 2018), EAT Zagi (JW3, 2017), Eating for Victory (Tea House Theatre, 2015), The Cold Clear Elsewhere (Edinburgh Festival, 2014), The Spies Came in from the Cold (Pushkin House, 2014), Secret Soviet Dinner (Exmouth Market, 2013), Caligula (Union Theatre, 2007). She is a freelance researcher and an associate lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her book Writing in Collaborative Theatre-Making was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan. She is the Live Performance Programmer at JW3 and is a co-founder of the Change of Art Festival. Find out more on her website.

Amy Clare Tasker
Amy is a theatre maker and creative producer, creating performance with a belief that the stories we tell can change the world. As artistic director of Pinecone Performance Lab, She is developing Helen of Troy Calls Bullshit and Home Is Where. Amy facilitates the annual London Devised Theatre Intensive. Amy began her career in San Francisco, after graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Drama.  Since moving to London in 2013, Amy has created performances at Rich Mix, Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen, LOST Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Canal Cafe Theatre, Theatre Utopia, and the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival. She is the UK Ambassador for the World Theatre Map, and co-host of the World Stage podcast for Howlround. In 2018, Amy became the Deputy Director for Voila! Europe Theatre Festival. Find out more on her website.

Hannah Tookey

Hannah is an independent theatre, film and festivals producer with over 5 years experience. She works on new writing that is typically socially-engaged, stems from research or personal experience, and tackles important contemporary issues in a vibrant, energetic and visually captivating way.

She is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and an RSA fellow. Hannah is also an alumnus of The Clore Emerging Leaders course, Stage One’s New Producers’ Workshop, MGCfutures and York Theatre Royal’s Producer Training Day, Raindance’s Producer Foundation Certificate, Roundhouse’s Festival Producing Course, and was one of 15 people selected for mac Birmingham’s Creative Producer LAB in 2015. She is the founder of theatre and film production company Voxie, whose shows first show Ad Libido (★★★★ The Guardian, The Stage) had a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run at Pleasance Courtyard. Find out more on her website.

Mayou Trikerioti
Mayou Trikerioti is a theatre and film designer. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School after finishing her BA hons in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent. For theatre, Mayou has designed at the Young Vic, Riverside Studios, Clapham Omnibus, Bristol Old Vic as well as Greece’s major theatres and festivals in including the National Theatre and the Ancient theatre of Epidavros. She works on all scales grand and small, and her portfolio ranges from plays that enjoyed successful runs of two-three years to one-off, site-specific performances. She enjoys projects that involve the local community. Since 2007 Mayou has designed feature and short films that have traveled across the globe and screened at international film festivals, including Venice Film Festival, Berlin and Toronto IFF. Most recently she designed costumes for Dark Crimes, directed by Venice Silver Lion winner Alexandros Avranas, dressing amongst others Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Agata Kulesza before dipping her toes into Iranian cinema, joining Sepideh Farsi again for her next feature, I Will Cross Tomorrow and Siamak Etemadi for his first Feature Pari, featuring Melika Forurtan. Visit IMDB profile / Visit WTDir profile/ Download CV.